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« Reply #425 on: August 06, 2017, 04:57:27 AM »

Edgar Allan Poe "The Masque Of The Red Death" & "Berenice" - both inspired by great CBS Radio Mystery Theater plays. "The Masque" - 3.5/5, "Berenice" - 3/5.
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« Reply #426 on: August 09, 2017, 10:43:05 AM »

Edgar Allan Poe "The Masque Of The Red Death" & "Berenice" - both inspired by great CBS Radio Mystery Theater plays. "The Masque" - 3.5/5, "Berenice" - 3/5.
No, actually it was the other way around. The story inspired the CBS Radio Play.
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« Reply #427 on: August 22, 2017, 05:16:19 PM »

Again, listened to CBS Mystery Theater; this time they adapted Mark Twain which inspired me again to go read the real deal. "The Stolen White Elephant" - 3.5, "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" - 4.5.
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« Reply #428 on: September 02, 2017, 02:33:18 AM »

I finished Mike's book today. And I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It took me a while to get started, though (gosh darn reader's block playing up again). After it had lain on the shelf for months, I read the index and acknowledgements and then started at the beginning. After grinding to a halt after 30 pages, I put it back for several more months. Then I took the plunge and started in the middle, at a chapter called "The Unraveling" and read on quite quickly to the end. Last came the bit in between----which I finished last night.

Kudos, Mike, it was a great read!
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« Reply #429 on: September 05, 2017, 10:29:00 AM »

At present I'm reading The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes. Or rather I read the first third of it in a two-hour burst. (See the link below for a potted description of the novel.) Curiously, in the interval of a BBC Prom concert that ended with Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, the author read a passage from that book that I had read only a few hours earlier----and the book had been lying on my bedside table for months. The passage in question begins on my page 49 ("On the Saturday night, and again on the Sunday night, he drank himself to sleep.") and ends at the chapter's conclusion on my page 58 ("They called his Fifth 'an optimistic tragedy'.") This is seriously recommended to anyone interested in the nightmare that was Stalin's Great Terror.



https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/17/the-noise-of-time-julian-barnes-review-dmitri-shostakovich
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« Reply #430 on: September 05, 2017, 03:23:36 PM »

Thanks for the recommendation.
I have the Great Courses lectures on classical music, and was just listening to a lecture about Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, the Symphony that "saved his life."
His earlier opera didn't go over very well with the top brass. If I knew that Stalin was going to attend one of my compositions I would have made sure to wear a nappie (diaper)! After having to put aside his Fourth, the Fifth was his last shot to, er, not be shot?
The West didn't take too kindly to the Fifth. Shostakovich said that only Russians could truly understand where he was coming from.
Usually when I listen to a classical work I interpret it my way. Will listen to the Fifth and see if I can "get it."

As to what I've been reading, believe it or not, I have only now read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl (revised edition).
Don't know how I didn't see her house during the two times in Amsterdam (1978 and 1989).
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« Reply #431 on: September 07, 2017, 03:39:43 PM »

I'm about 40 pages into Yuri Olesha's short novel "Envy," and I've been laughing out loud pretty much the whole time. It's hilarious! I bought a cheap copy last weekend on a whim, it just jumped out at me.
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« Reply #432 on: October 09, 2017, 04:15:39 PM »

"The Shunned House" by H. P. Lovecraft - 5/5.
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« Reply #433 on: October 10, 2017, 02:40:27 AM »

"The Shunned House" by H. P. Lovecraft - 5/5.

Lovecraft! In the early '70s I read some short stories by him that scared the living sh*t out of me. I may return to him one day, as they were fantastically well-written.

Last night I decided to make Testimony my bedtime read (see link). I'd read it before but couldn't remember much about it, except that it was controversial. I assumed there'd be nothing to laugh about in a book mainly about the Stalin era (I don't want to wake my wife up, you see). Little did I realize. It only took a few pages. Humour evidently was a major weapon against going nuts during those years. I'll look for another book tonight...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testimony_(book)
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« Reply #434 on: October 10, 2017, 04:12:14 AM »

Lovecraft! In the early '70s I read some short stories by him that scared the living manure out of me. I may return to him one day, as they were fantastically well-written.
Halloween soon. :D

Re: Stalin era, did you read "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?
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« Reply #435 on: October 10, 2017, 09:55:43 AM »

Lovecraft! In the early '70s I read some short stories by him that scared the living manure out of me. I may return to him one day, as they were fantastically well-written.

Re: Stalin era, did you read "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?

The living manure----I like that!  LOL

I read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich many years ago and enjoyed it, despite the horrific subject matter. I'm afraid the idea of reading a book as weighty as The Gulag Archipelago is too daunting at this stage of the game. Maybe in a another life.
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« Reply #436 on: October 12, 2017, 04:10:54 PM »

Just finished The Noise of Time. Fascinating book but unrelentingly depressing with no let up.
Reminded me of Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road. No hope...

Am presently reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, about a Russian who is sentenced after the Revolution to life long house arrest at a hotel.  Great book that immerses you in that time. Has some happy moments but a lot more sad ones.

Will have to find a book that’s funny. Seems like just about all of my books are downers!
Suggestions would be appreciated.
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« Reply #437 on: October 13, 2017, 02:35:17 AM »

Just finished The Noise of Time. Fascinating book but unrelentingly depressing with no let up.
Reminded me of Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road. No hope...

Am presently reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, about a Russian who is sentenced after the Revolution to life long house arrest at a hotel.  Great book that immerses you in that time. Has some happy moments but a lot more sad ones.

Will have to find a book that’s funny. Seems like just about all of my books are downers!
Suggestions would be appreciated.

Hi, Elizabeth. Maybe the captain can help you choose (although of course senses of humour differ):

I'm about 40 pages into Yuri Olesha's short novel "Envy," and I've been laughing out loud pretty much the whole time. It's hilarious! I bought a cheap copy last weekend on a whim, it just jumped out at me.

I see Olesha wrote Envy in 1927.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yury_Olesha
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